Western Australia's Triple Treat Of Music: WAMFest, WAMCom & WAMAwards Return In 2019

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Mark Neal is WAMFest's new Festival Director. Mark Neal is WAMFest's new Festival Director.

The annual celebration of West Australian music is back with WAMFest, WAMCon, and WAMAwards dates locked in for 2019.


Seeking to build on the success of last year's events, 2019 festivities kick off with a regional edition of WAMFest in October, followed at the end of the month by the WAMAwards (31 October) to be held once again at the Hyatt Regency Perth.

The main WAMFest event runs 1-3 November including WAMCon, which is taking place at the State Theatre Centre Of WA (Perth) 1-2 November.

In 2019, WAM also welcomes the talent and experience of new Festival Director Mark Neal who is a spearhead in the WA original music scene.

Click here to read the 2018 WAMAwards winners.

Mark started out as a manager and musician from the Great Southern region and has a vast pool of skills and knowledge to draw from including working as a booking agent for Perth music venue/ nightclub The Sewing Room, managing local musician Noah Dillon, curating RTRFM’s Tuesday ‘Out To Lunch’ programme, working on all-ages event Hyperfest, and having a hand in a range of community, music-related events.

“On behalf of our whole team here at WAM, we are delighted to welcome Mark to the role of Festival Director," WAM General Manager Livia Carré says.

"Mark has been an integral part in delivering the last two festivals and his ongoing commitment and dedication to the organisation, while working closely with key WAM staff, gives us the confidence that this year will see an even better WAMFest.”

Mark says: "WA is full of great music! It’s exciting and it’s diverse. This is an excellent musical community and I want to honour it by providing an overall better festival experience for everyone involved.”

Co-ordinating WAMCon again this year will be Claire Hodgson, who is excited about facilitating the biggest instalment of the conference yet.

“There will be a greater focus on sustainability, community and creativity this year," Claire says, "with practical, bespoke, and future-focused sessions to support music-makers and businesses to get their music to the next level."

Click here to read about last year's WAMCom.

Local bands and artists looking to tap into the opportunities WAM provides are invited to register expressions of interest to be considered to perform at WAMFest as well as share your recent musical activity with industry nominators ahead of the 2019 WAM Awards.

The 2019 WAM Awards are on at Hyatt Regency (Perth) 31 October, 2019 WAMCon is on at State Theatre Centre Of WA (Perth) 1-2 November, and 2019 WAMFest runs 1-3 November.

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